March 13, 2021 Subject:
This short film of the Wehrmacht was commissioned after Triumph of the Will was seen. The German Army high command felt the amed forces did not receive recognition. Leni Riefenstahl thus put this together. It was funded and produced by the Nazi Party. The film itself shows the new Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe on display in marching formation and also in battlefield war games on the Zepplin Field at Nuremberg. While the uniforms and structure are all new, the training and tactics are all Reichswehr developed during the Weimar period. The combinations of foot, horse, mechanised & air all take part in the war games which follow the march past. While all appears chaotic as is often the case in real warfare (how someone wasn't run over by a tank was a miracle!), what emerges is the excellent coordination between the different services - tanks, artillery, mechanised and foot infantry. The infantry tactics themselves appear to be based upon the Stormtrooper tactics of 1918. Hitler's speech basically related the dispensing with the Versailles Treaty and reestablishing Germany's aims. How the rest of Europe did not analyse this display by the German armed forces and indeed subsequent displays needs some research. It is clear from this short film where matters would end up.